Settling in at McConnell Air Force Base

Being stationed at McConnell air Force Base is a great experience for the whole family!

It can be exciting to transfer to a new base, but sometimes things feel a little daunting. Having to find places for the family to go, new favorite restaurants. schools, finding a home and engaging and educational activities for the kids can get a bit overwhelming when you move to a different location.

Fortunately, it won’t take you long at all to find plenty to love about the McConnell Air Force Base area! With lots of great places to go and easy access to a number of landmark U.S. cities, new residents of McConnell will feel right at home in no time at all.

“Plenty of beautiful waterways add to the area’s scenery.”

Relocation to McConnell Air Force Base
The McConnell Air Force Base is located in southeast Wichita, Kansas, the largest city in the state. This central U.S. location is called the Heartland, and for good reason – Kansas offers its residents a beautiful picture of classic Americana.

Corvias Military Living offers on-base housing accommodations to suit the needs of any family size and style. We also provide a full range of amenities that will help you to quickly acclimate to your new community. On-base families can enroll their children in the Derby School District. Wineteer Elementary is adjacent to McConnell on-base housing; while upper grades are a few miles South.

While Kansas is a landlocked state and it will take a bit of a trip to get to the ocean, there are plenty of beautiful waterways add to the area’s scenery, like the nearby Arkansas River and a number of charming ponds and lakes.

Another wonderful fact about this location is that it can provide your family with a little bit of everything. Wichita, Kansas, offers all of the best traditional amenities of a big city, but it’s still easy to get away and explore the vast open skies that make the prairies such a tranquil and beautiful destination.

Fun Facts About the McConnell Air Force Base Area

  • The McConnell Air Force Base was named after three brothers who served in the Army Air Forces during World War II: Fred, Thomas and Edwin McConnell.
  • It was officially established in 1951, but the area had been in service for aviation for many years prior to that.
  • Wichita was once named the most Uniquely American city in the country.
  • Anywhere in the continental United States is no more than a five-hour flight from the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport, because of the centralized location of the city.
  • The area has a long history for the aviation community because of its location; many famed pilots have landed around Wichita and the McConnell AFB.

Staff Recommendations 
There are many great things for the whole family to enjoy around the McConnell area! Whether you’re looking for an entertaining outing with the kids or a romantic night out with your spouse to celebrate his or her well-deserved downtime, the Corvias staff has the perfect recommendations to help you get acclimated to your new hometown and out enjoying the community.

One of the most impressive and beloved area destinations is Wichita’s Sedgwick County Zoo. It has often been regarded as one of the best zoos in the country, with more than 3,000 animals from over 400 different species! The exhibits here place a great deal of emphasis on diversity, with impressive habits from every continent! Special features include an immersive tropics exhibit, giraffe feedings and special annual events like Endangered Species Day and celebrations for Mother’s Day and Zoobilee.

The Sedgwick County Zoo also houses three Amur leopards, the world’s most endangered large cats. Gorillas, penguins, hippos and African painted dogs all make their homes at the zoo as well.

“The Museum of World Treasures is a must-see.”

The Museum of World Treasures is a must-see while your family is in Kansas. Located in Wichita, this fascinating museum truly does contain a wealth of interesting treasures. The fossils of Ivan the T-Rex stand a towering 38 feet tall, 4.5 tons of the Berlin wall are on display, as well as Egyptian mummies and props from some of America’s most beloved classic films. The museum is both entertaining and incredibly educational, offering tours, youth programs and a resource center to help kids learn while they explore.

For more fun and learning, residents also love their time at the Exploration Place, an expansive science museum located in Wichita. Theaters, hands-on displays and an 18-hole minigolf course will keep everyone in the family entertained and informed.

Be sure to also go to where the Little Arkansas River meets the Arkansas River to see the historic landmark, The Keeper of the Plains. This giant steel statue of a Native American chief was created by artist Blackbear Bosin in 1974.

While the family is out and about exploring all of the great attractions that the McConnell AFB area has to offer, be sure to stop by one of the area’s fabulous eateries. Our staff recommends Tanya’s Soup Kitchen for a relaxing meal of soups and sandwiches, using farm-fresh, healthy ingredients that provide great dining options for vegans and vegetarians as well.

The Doo-Dah Diner is another local favorite. The diner serves classic breakfast and lunch comfort foods, like biscuits and gravy, chicken and waffles and chicken-fried steak. Finish off your meal with a classic malted milkshake for the full Doo-Dah experience!

You can also grab a fantastic pizza and try a sampling of home-brewed beers at the River City Brewery in Old Town. You and your spouse can go out for a brewery tour and stay for dinner for a night that’s all about the two of you at this local Wichita favorite.

For an elegant date night out, you can also make a reservation at the Newport Grill in Wichita. With an extensive wine list and lakeside viewing, this is a cozy, romantic spot to enjoy a night on the town. Decadent dishes like Brazilian swordfish and cooked-to-perfection rib-eyes make this a top-rated restaurant in the city.

Weekend Destinations

  • Wichita, Kansas, is about 20 minutes away
  • Topeka, Kansas, is about two hours away.
  • Kansas City, Missouri, is about three hours away.
  • Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is about two and a half hours away.
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma is about three hours away.
  • St. Louis, Missouri, is about six hours away.
  • Omaha, Nebraska, is about five hours away.
  • Lincoln, Nebraska, is about four and half hours away.
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, is about six hours away.